Brewis Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northwest, 85 rods, to Horseshoe
  • Portage Northeast, 85 rods, to Harbor


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 18, Lake One


  • DNR Lake No. 380587
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Brewis Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Brewis is a small lake on Path Creek in the Kawishiwi River watershed, 7 miles northwest of Forest Center, and 19½ miles ESE of Ely. Hills rise steeply to over 100' above the lake's southern and western shores; Path Creek enters at the east end and exits from the northwest corner on its way to Horseshoe. To the south and west, up 2½ miles of boggy, twisting Path Creek is Path Lake, and nearby Mirror and Rock of Ages. To the northwest, an 85 rod, up-and-over portage climbs steeply to crest 45' above Brewis, before dropping back some 57' into Horseshoe. To the northeast, a less arduous 85 rod carry connects with Harbor and the Wilder lakes beyond.

The forest surrounding Brewis dates back to a major, stand replacing fire in 1824, with remnant stands of 200 year old timber dating back to the fires of 1796. The forest just off the east end of the lake burned again in the infamous fire year of 1910. The Fourth of July windstorms of 1999 hit the area to the east of Brewis, with standing tree losses estimated at between 10% and 33% for a wide area, including nearby Harbor and North and South Wilder lakes. While damage at Brewis should be minimal, some increase in windfalls may be visible as one nears the eastern end of the lake.


Brewis supports but a single established campsite, at its eastern end between the mouth of Path Creek and the Harbor Lake portage.

Planning Considerations

Brewis is a link in the North Wilder Loop which runs from the Number Lakes Three and Four on the Kawishiwi, east and north, through Horseshoe, Brewis, Harbor, and North Wilder, to return to the Kawishiwi just above Lake Four. It is one of four small and lovely lakes which provide a welcome escape from the bustle of the nearby Number Lakes. Unfortunately, one cannot, without serious bushwhacking, visit these lakes without running the gauntlet of those oh so popular lakes on the Kawishiwi. If you do expect to be on the Number Lakes to Insula route, however, this is one of the very best of detours.


Notes and Comments

We very much dislike the Number Lakes at mid-summer, but find Brewis and its near neighbors worth the hassle of getting there.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004